Crayon Chick » An indie business of old crafts and new tricks, designer/maker, artist and keen on elevenses.

Footnote to a big week

I have just finished the biggest order I’ve had with Kids With Crayons in my almost 7 years of working with your beautiful kids drawings. I spent a whole week prepping 167 drawings and another week to put together 2,302 gorgeous keyrings and necklaces, gift tags and cards, for one order.

I have a beautiful bench in my front entrance which has become a handy spot for parking completed work ready for pick up or dashes to the PO. I call it the departure lounge. It’s always a lovely feeling to see the departure lounge full of work completed. I haven’t seen it this full from just one order before. A very pleasing sight!

This self employed crafting palaver isn’t the cruisey piece of cake people think it is! Every day was 18 hours of constant work, getting only 3.5 hours sleep. It was very physical, my arms ached, my fingers are swollen and my back is grumpy. But it was also mentally tough just trying to stick with it when all I wanted to do was go to bed or sit on the couch. I’m spent! I’m drained! I’m depleted! But I feel fabulous for these reasons ….

First, I love my work. I simply love it, I love those drawings and what I can do with them. And I hope the joy I get from putting them together comes through to my customers.
Next, I wasn’t alone. Not only did I have the most precious friend help for a few days – the most precious ones are the ones who turn up first thing in the morning with their lunch box and a happy attitude to just sit and cut ribbon for 6 hours chatting to help me stay awake and motivated – I also had my man take a day off his work to do the running around on what ended up being one of the hottest days of the season so far.
I also had a number of lovely girls who would very happily have taken on tasks if I’d asked. I didn’t, but knowing I could certainly helped. People truly do care and are so generous it fills my heart.
And my mum! My lovely mum who would’ve jumped on the first train to Melbourne if I asked. I love you Mum!
I guess the most important thing I got out of a week like this is the realisation that I can do it. I put my mind to it and I did it. I am stronger than I realise. And I’m pretty proud of that.
And coffee. Lots of coffee!
Which is how I’m going to get through the next few weeks. No sooner do I finish that order than the next one is lined up and ready to go.
At this time of the year there’s no resting on laurels. There’s always January to take it easy!

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November 27, 2011 - 11:34 pm

grrl + dog - This is really realy cool.
Thanks for sharing your process – the endless reperetive stuff that goes on to fulfill an order.

You are clearly surrounded by love and assistance in all forms.

Hope you got into Finders Keepers this year, I am so looking forward to going.

November 27, 2011 - 7:08 am

Mookah - Wowsers! That is one helluva week lovey. Think of all those little families and the happiness that you have played such an important role in.

You are the crayon chick queen.

November 27, 2011 - 1:11 am

Frankie and Ray - Words can’t express what a great effort you’ve just put in! I just know all those goodies are going to be so happily received, and that’s the reward we’re after isn’t it? Good luck for the next few weeks! Jo x

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